Halloween tends to be one of the busiest times of the year at orthodontists’ offices, primarily because patients take liberties and eat treats that they should not be eating. That’s why the AAO, as part of October’s National Orthodontic Health Month, is providing braces-friendly Halloween recipes and tips to help orthodontic patients and parents enjoy the holiday. 

“Eating food that could harm a patient’s braces may affect treatment length and results, just as if they weren’t tending to oral hygiene or wearing their rubber bands,” said Donald R. Joondeph, DDS, MS, president of the AAO.  “If orthodontic patients are careful about the Halloween treats they eat, they can avoid damage to their braces and finish treatment on time and with good results.”

Recipes and tips are available online at theAAO’s Web site, www.braces.org

[www.braces.org, September 22, 2006]